Nick returns as we are mere days away from the start of the NHL regular season! But first, the news of the week. The Colorado Avalanche are excited for the start of the regular season, and so are their fans. Unless they’re trying to watch on their local cable, as Altitude Sports will not be distributed on the major carriers. Is this a sign of things to come for local sports? Matthew Tkachuk, Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor and Mikko Rantanen all ended their restricted free agent stand still and signed contracts with the Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets (x2) and Colorado Avalanche respectively. Who were theRead More →

Another week closer to the season starting and another set of restricted free agents have signed! With Nick away this week, Fred Anjema of the Slewfoot Hockey Show joins us! Another collection of free agents (and one pre mature) signed extensions. We dive into the deals of Brock Boeser, Brandon Carlo, Thomas Chabot and Brayden Point. The Winnipeg Jets are in a rough spot with Patrik Laine alienating teammates and Dustin Byfuglien being on indefinite leave from the team. What are their options? It’s time to move to the Eastern Conference and preview the Metro division. Many teams have added big pieces this offseason likeRead More →

The 2019-20 season is here! With the WHL back, so is the 4th Line WHL Cast, covering topics such as:   Can Everett 4-peat as US division champions? Youth and veteran rosters are up against each other in the Western conference. Which will come out on top? Will all 5 US division teams make the playoffs again or will BC bounce back? Kelowna is hosting the Memorial Cup this season. What are they doing to prepare for it? After a last season run in Calgary, what will the Hitmen’s fortune be this year? Prince Albert ran away with the league last season. Can they doRead More →

It was a big news week in the NHL! The NHLPA announced that they would not opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement. With 2 more years of labour peace, can we avoid a work stoppage? A collection of restricted free agents signed this week, the biggest name being Mitch Marner. With him finally signed, is everything solved in Leafs land? In addition to Marner, Jared Spurgeon, Josh Morrissey, Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny and Charlie McAvoy signed extensions. Who were the winners and losers? It’s also time to preview the Central division. In what is the toughest division in the NHL who will come out onRead More →

It’s time for hockey to start! As prospect’s camp, and soon to be NHL camps, are open it’s time to start our division previews! But first….   Jake Gardiner has signed with the Carolina Hurricanes. Why did it take so long? Zach Werenski signed an extension with the Columbus Bluejackets, which means that A RESTRICTED FREE AGENT SIGNED! Niklas Kronwall retired. But is he done with the Red Wings? The NHL’s marketing strategy was highlighted this week, and spoilers, it’s weird. And now, the Pacific division preview! In a division won the by the Calgary Flames last year, the offseason saw James Neal and MilanRead More →

Today we wrap up the Hardcore Hockey History series! But first, the NHL has decided to not opt out of the current CBA. Will the NHLPA follow suit? And what exactly does this mean? And can the NHL escrow part of this show? Cam Ward retired this week and Justin Williams “retired”. Are the rest of the Carolina Hurricanes safe? With our summer series coming to an end, it is fitting to speak to author and hockey historian Mike Commito about what exactly it means to be a hockey historian and to share some fun stories along the way. This includes the tail of how thisRead More →

This week it’s a question and answer special! Starting with conspiracy theories. Did Connor McDavid land on the moon? We cover the news of Bill Guerin being named the general manager of the Minnesota Wild. What can we know about Guerin’s management history? Hardcore Hockey History takes us to the biggest mistakes in hockey history, including blunders, trades, draft picks and officiating featuring Patrik Stefan, Patrick Roy, Brett Hull, Kerry Fraser and more! It’s then time for an extended Q&A time. This includes topics such as best BBQ, Jesse Puljujarvi, cereal, chilling hockey moments, Trailer Park Boys and more! All this and more on episode 245Read More →

As the NHL nears the end of summer, we look back at what NHL.com, which includes making borderline arbitrary lists ranking players at certain positions. There are rumors that the NHL will be hosting a World Cup of Hockey again, this time in 2021. What does that mean for the future of NHL’ers in international hockey? Speaking of which, what does that the past have to say about international hockey? What are some of the key moments? How did we get where we are today? One of the biggest moments in international hockey was the 1972 Summit Series. We’re joined by Rhonda McClure from ThePinkPuck.com to discuss allRead More →